Patriotic eagle with American shield on scabbard
This Circa 1840 Militia Officer's sword shows a beautifully-preserved bone grip with a high degree of surviving gold gild. Note in the protected areas under the wings, the gold gild is in a much better state of preservation (click on picture).
Stunning example of a Militia Officer's Sword. Gold gild is in superior condition. The chased and engraved scabbard displays the spread wing eagle next to an American shield and acanthus leaf designs. The pressed-bone grip is immaculate. The blade on this sword retains most of its frosting and is skillfully etched. The pommel retains a decorative flower cap over the tang. These embellishments have seldom survived the ravishes of time.
Note the "spider eye" floral capstan embellishment.
Acid-etched military motifs on frosted background. Liberty cap can be seen on the left of the photograph on the blade. There is an unusual acanthus leaf design emanating from a decorative fountain or pot.